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A drowning fatality occurred at New Brighton last evening, by which Charles Bloomgreen, a viola player in Do Groen's Band, which is appearing with Weet'fl Pictures, lost his life. The deceased and two companions, George Crook and Raymond Baker, hired a boat and rowed from Fitzgerald Avenue to New Brighton. Whnn near the tram bridge they changed scats, and the boat was overturned. Crook and Baker managed to scramble ashore on tno boat, but Blcomgreen sank in t3jo channel, and his 'body was not seen again. Constable Rowe was informed, and commenced to drag the Avon in the locality, but his efforts were unavailing. Another c<in,¬ętable will be sent to assist him to-day. . Seen at Hie Majesty's Theatre last evening, Mr Crook stated that he- was not quite. sure hmv tho accident occurred. He and hi-s companions reached New Brighton about 5.-10 p.m. They were changing places in the boat, and the tide was running fairly full. The boat upset, and Crook hoisted Baker ou to it and thoy reached the bank.* Bloomgreen was a heavily-built man, and none of them could snv'im. The deseaeed must have sunk almost immediately, and though there were peoplo on both banks of tho Avon, no one offered to help him. Bloomgreen was a single man, a native of Sydney, and was engaged to be married.

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Star, Star, Issue 9424, 24 December 1908

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A DROWNING FATALITY. Star, Issue 9424, 24 December 1908